Mike Conley will be reevaluated in about two weeks as the Grizzlies shut him down over a left heel and Achilles injury.
It this point, it’s not clear if he’s going to be out for the season.
A statement from the team said that there’s no timetable for the return of the point guard, who signed a max contract worth $153 million in the summer of 2016.
“Conley will undergo therapy and treatment to help promote healing and alleviate soreness in his left heel and Achilles following consultations with physicians and the Grizzlies’ medical staff,” the statement read.
Conley was hit with a lot of criticisms when he signed the max contract extension with the Grizzlies as not a few fans think that he doesn’t deserve that kind of money. The 30-year-old, however, is only motivated by all the doubts.
“I’m in a blessed situation,” he said. “When I hear the talk, when I look on my phone and see messages on Twitter about it, it really pushes me, to be honest. So I know it’s going to come.”
This season, Conley is averaging 17.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies. His field goals and three-point field goal stats, however, are down to 38.1% and 31.2%, respectively, from the 44.1% and 37.7% in the 2016-2017 season.
This is a huge blow for the Grizzlies, which sit at eighth in the Western Conference on a record of 7-7. Former Heat champ Mario Chalmers will likely take the bulk of point guard duties with Andrew Harrison and Nick Calathes serving as backup.
Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said in an ESPN article that what happened to Conley was “unfortunate.” However, the coaching staff saw just how much Conley is hurting and still pushing himself in games despite the pain.